Provide a creative outlet, space, and skills training.
The impact of artist expression on cultures and cities is well documented. Urban art can build cultural diversity, celebration of creativity and reduce crime.
Here are 3 links that highlight various programs (2 in Omaha):
In Omaha, The Kent Bellows Studio offers an Urban Art Program (http://kentbellows.org/programming/mentoring/).
Also in Omaha, last year 2 men (Houston Alexander and Dave Manriquez) and others started a program to help direct urban artists into a more productive use of their talents (http://omaha.com/article/20110422/NEWS01/704229867#project-turns-graffiti-into-murals?sms_ss=twitte&at_xt=4db18783b62a08d4,0)
In New York, Meres One developed 5Pointz in Queens, the largest street art exhibit space in the world (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/video/2011/sep/20/new-york-street-art-graffiti-video?CMP=twt_gu) or (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/sep/20/new-york-graffiti-street-art-5pointz)
Something to consider.
- More Info:
- Spray the town red: New York street art - video | Travel | guardian.co.uk
- Project turns graffiti into murals
- NOTE: One Person's Opinion Blog: The Positive Effects of Graffiti and Street Art | Vic Rupsin Urban Art and Photography